AT&T Center -- The Manu Ginobili-less San Antonio Spurs begin the 2011 postseason on the wrong foot. San Antonio is down 0-1 in the series as the Memphis Grizzlies stunned the Spurs, beating San Antonio 101 to 98 to take away home court advantage in the series.
With 1:06 remaining in the game, the Spurs held a 98 to 94 lead. Marc Gasol would get the Grizzlies closer as he made a layup to cut the Spurs’ lead by two points (98-96). Then after a Tony Parker miss, Shane Battier made a crucial three pointer with 23.9 seconds remaining to put the Grizzlies on top 99 to 96.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was not thrilled about the Battier three.
“What would you like to know about it?” said Popovich after the game. “It counted for three. He caught it, he shot it, (and) he made it.”
The first points of the game came from a Marc Gasol and-1 as the Grizzlies led early.
Richard Jefferson scored the first five points for the Spurs with a 22-foot jumper and three pointer to tie the game at 5-5 with 9:40 remaining in first quarter.
Spurs forward Antonio McDyess knocked down a 17-footer and Duncan dunk gave the Spurs a 9-5 lead with 8:33 remaining in first quarter.
With 5:41 remaining, the Spurs went cold missing five shots in a row and Memphis was able to tie the game at eleven a piece.
The Spurs were forced to call timeout with 3:24 remaining as they had given up a Shane Battier three pointer and a Gasol open jump shot. They trailed the Grizzlies 16 to 20.
The first quarter ended with Spurs guard Gary Neal scoring a late driving layup, but Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo countered him with a buzzer beating three pointer.
At the end of the first quarter, the Spurs trailed Memphis 22 to 27. The Spurs shot 47% from the field but the Grizzlies shot an even higher percentage at 59%. Spurs forward Tim Duncan led with eight points but Memphis center Marc Gasol countered with nine points. With Ginobili out, Parker only scored two points on 1-6 shooting. Grizzlies guard Mike Conley ended the first with six points.no comments